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John Hynes to be introduced as Devils coach: report

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John Hynes will be introduced as New Jersey Devils coach Tuesday, Northjersey.com reported Monday night.

Hynes, 40, who worked for Devils general manager Ray Shero when Shero was Pittsburgh Penguins GM, would become the youngest coach in the NHL; Mike Yeo of the Minnesota Wild will turn 42 in July.

He has no NHL coaching experience.

Shero made Hynes coach of the Penguins’ American Hockey League affiliate in 2010. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were 231-126-10-17 and qualified for the AHL playoffs in all five seasons under Hynes.

The Devils have announced a press conference for 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Prudential Center to introduce their new coach. New Jersey would have to send Pittsburgh a third-round pick in one of the next three NHL drafts as compensation for Hynes.

The Devils fired Peter DeBoer as coach on Dec. 26. Co-coaches Adam Oates, Scott Stevens and Lou Lamoriello, who Shero replaced as GM on May 4, were behind the New Jersey bench the rest of the season.

The Devils have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs four out of five seasons. They had 78 points this season, 20 out of the final wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Dan Bylsma is another coach with ties to Shero from his days as Penguins GM -- the two helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup in 2009 -- but the Buffalo Sabres hired Bylsma last week.

NJ.com reported Saturday that Nashville Predators assistant coach Phil Housley was the frontrunner for the job.

In addition to the Devils, the Detroit Red Wings are without a coach. Mike Babcock left the Red Wings to become coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 20 after 10 seasons in Detroit. Jeff Blashill, coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit’s AHL affiliate, is considered the leading contender for the job.

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